I received the book Flyaway Boy by Jane De Suza as a review copy from the publisher and am thankful them for the same.
If no one saw him disappear, did Kabir exist at all?
Kabir doesn’t fit in. Not in the wintry hill town he lives in, and not in his school, where the lines are always straight. Backed into a corner with no way out, Kabir vanishes.
With every adult’s nightmare now coming true, finding this flyaway boy will mean understanding who he really is. Or is it too late?
Spirited and powerfully imaginative, Flyaway Boy is a story about embracing everything that makes you uniquely you.
Ten year old Kabir Anand lives with his parents and older sister, Kavni in small hilly town built around one of the biggest research centres in the country. A student of class four, Kabir’s best friends are Alok and Raz. His sister studies in Class ten and is a class topper, but Kabir is different. And that is what causes his teachers to scold him, his principal to call his parents and his parents telling him to do things right.
And one day, Kabir goes to school in the school bus and never reaches the school. Kabir goes missing.
The author has portrayed the issue of how the children today are pressurized to do things right. To move along with the society and to do things that everyone else does. And that is what happened to Kabir. All the pressure and he gave in.
The characters are beautifully developed and they are realistic and I could feel for Kabir all the time. Kavni is likable and so much the responsible older sister. The townsfolk, the school teachers and even the dog Shoo are so real.
The narrative is unique and leaves a lot for the reader’s imagination. The language is simple and the author has written the book in such a way that it touches a chord somewhere. There is humour, there is drama and there is sadness at times. The illustrations are beautiful and match the theme of the story.
This book is a must read for all age groups, especially parents and grandparents.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.